Angels in Heaven and on Earth

My getting out of Lhasa unscathed, I’m sure, is due to some devine intervention, and most definitely by wonderful human beings, mostly strangers, who always kept me one step ahead of the violence, sometimes literally. In some ways I was never in any very...

Whatever you hear – I am safe!

If you have been listening to the news and have heard about the problems here in Lhasa, there is a lot going on, but I am safe. Some of what you are hearing is probably not true either! I’m not able to get much in the way of news from outside China, except for...

Touring Potala Palace

At last the day arrives, March 14, and I am ready to tour the Potala Palace.During peak periods from May to October, visitors are only allowed one hour inside the palace, so are hurried through, as it takes quite some time to climb all the way to the top where the...

In and Around Lhasa – Traditions

I had a rickshaw ride one night back to my hotel after supper. Left: Breakfast dining room at my first hotel. Below: People walking on the Barkhor kora (pilgrim circuit) around the Jokhang Temple. The circle that goes around the old city is 2,300 metres and takes...